Why Does David Barton's History Of The Fight For Racial Equality Always End In The Mid-1960s?

As we have noted before, David Barton's telling of the history of the fight for racial equality in America always mysteriously seems to stop right around the mid-1960s, right before the rise of the GOP's "Southern Strategy." Barton has written books and produced DVDs that claim to "set the record straight" on the role that both major political parties played in ending slavery, passing civil rights laws, and pushing for equality but his materials always portray Democrats are the enemies of black equality and conveniently never seem to make it beyond 1964.

On his radio program today, Barton sought to answer a question for a listener who wondered why, today, the Democrats are believed to be the party that fought to end slavery and for civil rights while the Republicans are believed to be the party that opposed such things.

The simple answer is "the Southern Strategy" and the fundamental shift that took place politically in the wake of civil rights gains when Democrats lost the support of white Southern voters as the party began to support civil rights in the 1960s and the GOP sought to win the support of those disaffected voters by appealing to them on contentious racial issues:

In 1968, George Wallace ran as a third-party candidate against Nixon and Humphrey, on an explicitly segregationist platform. Humphrey had been the main champion of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the Senate; Nixon, while no civil rights activist, rejected an overtly racist platform. Feeling abandoned by both parties, Southern white racists flocked to Wallace's cause, winning him the Deep South states of Ark., La., Miss., Ala. and Ga.

Political analyst and Nixon campaigner Kevin Phillips, analyzing 1948-1968 voting trends, viewed these rebellious Southern voters as ripe for Republican picking. In The Emerging Republican Majority (Arlington House, 1969), he correctly predicted that the Republican party would shift its national base to the South by appealing to whites' disaffection with liberal democratic racial and welfare policies. President Nixon shrewdly played this "Southern strategy" by promoting affirmative action in employment, a "wedge" issue that later Republicans would exploit to split the Democratic coalition of white working class and black voters.

Barton, of course, completely ignores this basic history and instead blames it all on miseducation; specifically the idea that Democrats refuse to allow schools to teach the real history that it was Democrats who started the Ku Klux Klan, opposed civil rights laws, supported slavery, and defended segregation.

"In the Sixties, it was called the Solid Democrat South," Barton said. "Every southern state was solidly Democrat and that is what the Democrats counted on for every presidential election. Not the New England areas, they counted on the Solid Democrat South and there is no way that Democrat legislators and Democrat boards of education and everything else are going to let textbooks come out with they're the ones who started the Klan, they're the ones who violated all the civil rights, they're the ones who did the Black Codes ... They're not going to have that, so that's what happens when you let history become something political instead of simply telling the good, the bad, and the ugly":

This is rather ironic given that Barton's preferred version of history is entirely political, in that he only wants to tell the part of history that portrays Democrats as the party of slavery, segregation, and discrimination while routinely omitting and ignoring anything that does not further his agenda.

Dinesh D'Souza: 'Liberals Coddle Islamic Radicalism'

Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza stopped by “The Steve Mazlberg Show” on Newsmax TV yesterday to claim that people who criticize the publication of cartoons depicting Mohammad have actually empowered terrorists such as those behind the Charlie Hebdo attack.

D’Souza even suggested that progressives and radical Islamists have joined forces to quash free speech through government oppression and violence.

“It’s a particular irony of our time that it is we conservatives who have now become the defenders of the liberal tradition while these so-called liberals coddle this Islamic radicalism,’” D’Souza said. “They are willing to suppress free speech on the campus, so they are licensing the curtailment of speech and in a sense acceding to the Islamic radicals who say, ‘Listen, you want to outlaw speech on campus, we want to outlaw it by shooting people who do it.’”

700 Club: 'Radical Islamists' Behind Obama White House

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson and Christian Broadcasting Network reporter Erick Stakelbeck faulted President Obama for failing to blame Islam for the Charlie Hebdo attack. Stakelbeck said Obama and other leaders are “burying their heads in the sand” while “reaching out to Islamists.”

“The people who have the ear of the Obama administration are foot soldiers of the Muslim Brotherhood, these are radical Islamists who are advising this White House,” Stakelbeck said. “So you have a big problem here when you can’t acknowledge the enemy because the enemy is actually advising you.”

The two then made the absurd claim that no one in the Muslim community is speaking out against terrorists organizations like ISIS, with Robertson asking: “Will they ever wake up?”

Todd Starnes: Gay Rights Movement Ushering In 'Cultural Cleansing'

The decision to fire Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran for violating city employment policies by distributing his self-published book, which included denunciations of homosexuality, to employees has turned into the latest Religious Right persecution story.

Yesterday Erick Erickson of Fox News and RedState compared the LGBT community to the terrorists behind the Charlie Hebdo attack and groups such as the Georgia Baptist Convention, Faith 2 Action and the Faith and Freedom Coalition came out strongly against Atlanta’s mayor.

Fox News commentator Todd Starnes used his daily radio segment today to accuse the gay rights movement of “cultural cleansing” over the incident, suggesting that “Christians need not apply to public sector jobs” in Atlanta.

“Chief Cochran is just the latest victim in the ongoing cultural cleansing of American society,” Starnes said.

Starnes has previously warned of “ethnic cleansing” targeting white students on college campuses and has accused the Obama administration of conducting a “Christian cleansing” in the military when service members were temporarily unable to access a Southern Baptist website after their software filters found malware on the site.

He made a similar cry of “cultural cleansing” on his Facebook page:

It is time for action, friends. We must stand with Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, our brother in the Lord. We must send a resounding message to City Hall and their anti-Christian mayor.

The Georgia Baptist Convention has launched a petition drive. Follow the link to gain access to the petition - along with contact information for City Hall and the mayor's office.

Equal rights for ALL Americans! The cultural cleansing of our nation must stop!

Larry Tomczak Warns Christians To Beware Of All The Gays On TV

Anti-gay Religious Right commentator Larry Tomczak is very concerned about all the gays that are appearing in the media these days, warning readers of The Christian Post today that an agenda is at work to convince their children and grandchildren "that homosexuality is a beautiful way of life."

Distraught about the news coverage surrounding Michael Sam as well as by the fact that gay people are being featured on television shows and in advertisements, Tomczak warns that "the indoctrination and propaganda coming from those advocating a gay lifestyle in our country, classrooms and culture are increasing" and so "all of us need to take note and take action to guard those we love."

The show "Empire" features a "hunky" homosexual, Ellen DeGeneres is using Taylor Swift to trick people into embracing lesbianism, and even "Scandal" "has two gays," Tomczak fumes:

What's going on? A lifestyle that Romans 1:24-27 labels as "immoral," "indecent," "shameful," "unnatural" and a "perversion" bringing a "due penalty" is conveyed to tens of millions of unsuspecting children, teens and parents as normal, acceptable behavior.

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Here's how Hollywood is promoting homosexuality right now:

  • Super hyped "Empire" series starts with Oscar nominee Terrence Howard having a homosexual son - and he's a hunk.
  • "Glee" features over five gay characters.
  • Home and remodeling reality shows regularly feature lesbians and gays in partnerships exploring homes.
  • "Modern Family" features a gay couple who married over two episodes recently.
  • "Ellen DeGeneres" celebrates her lesbianism and "marriage" in between appearances of guests like Taylor Swift to attract young girls.
  • "Dancing with the Stars" hosts a gay judge and gay couples.
  • "Biggest Loser" had lesbian Jillian Michaels as a role model coach.
  • "The Good Wife" now has a lesbian/bisexual investigator.
  • "Scandal" has two gays.
  • "2 1/2 Men" just added a lesbian daughter.
  • "Grey's Anatomy" highlights a lesbian couple with their child.
  • "Survivor" and other reality shows regularly parade homosexuals as contestants.
  • Anderson Cooper boasts openly on TV he'd rather "have sex" with a man plus co-hosts New Year's Eve festivities nationwide.

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Passivity is not an option. Check out how aggressive these well-funded and well-organized groups are in targeting innocent and impressionable children. In elementary schools, high schools, colleges and the media,

LGBTQ advocates are extremely deceptive, sophisticated and strategic in working to lead a generation over the cliff to destruction.

As "salt" and "light" Christians, we represent a bulwark against this tidal wave of unprecedented evil. May all of us be found faithful and vigilant at our posts.

Right Wing Round-Up - 1/7/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 1/7/15

  • While condemning the massacre at the office of the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Bill Donohue nonetheless insists that those who were killed were at least partly responsible for their own deaths because they intentionally insulted Muslims.
  • Some typically solid "journalism" from CBN's David Brody: "I have one word to sum up Mike Huckabee: 'Reaganesque.'"
  • Cliff Kincaid fumes that the 1969 Stonewall riots are now considered to be an historic turning point: "The idea of having sex with children, in addition to anti-police violence, has been part of the homosexual rights movement in the United States all along. This is what 'Stonewall' has come to represent. Obama wants the taxpayers to sponsor this 'celebration' of perversion. Our first president, George Washington, who court-martialed sodomites and kicked them out of the revolutionary army, must be turning over in his grave."
  • There is an effort afoot to get a professor at a Christian university fired because he is pro-choice. Oddly, we don't hear anyone in the Religious Right screaming about this supposed "persecution."
  • Finally, James Dobson is terrified about the damage President Obama can do in his final two years in office: "What we have seen to this point is federal funding for abortions (despite promises to the contrary), amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, open homosexuality in the military, women in every aspect of combat, the undermining of traditional marriage, a steady assault on religious liberty, universal health care and rationing of essential treatment for older Americans, and dozens of other imperious policies. When Barack Obama was a candidate for the highest office in 2008 and after, he promised to 'fundamentally transform' this nation. Now we see what he had in mind. History tells us that nations before us have grown weak and faded away, usually related to poor leadership. Is this where our President is leading us?"

Rafael Cruz Joins Religious Right Group In Effort To Repeal Plano Nondiscrimination Ordinance

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, spoke at a press conference in Plano, Texas, today on behalf of an effort to repeal that city’s LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance. Soon after Plano’s city council approved the ordinance last month, a new group sprung up to oppose it, apparently coordinated by Houston pastor Dave Welch, who also led the opposition to a similar ordinance in his city.

Welch and his allies are hoping to gather enough signatures to either force the council to repeal the ordinance or to put repeal on the ballot.

The Plano-based Liberty Institute, which said that it will file a lawsuit against the measure, organized today’s press conference with a number of area pastors. Cruz’s participation was not announced in advance, but a reporter who was present posted to Twitter a photo of him speaking:

 

 

The elder Cruz has been active in the effort to repeal a nondiscrimination ordinance in San Antonio, falsely claiming that the law allows pastors to be fined for preaching from the Bible.

We’ll update this post with video of Cruz’s speech when it becomes available.

UPDATE: The Plano group, Plano Citizens United, has posted an excerpt from Cruz’s speech in which he urged his supporters to run for office and oust “wicked” politicians who are violating the country’s “Judeo-Christian heritage.”

If the righteous, if the people of faith are not running for office, all that is left is the wicked ruling the wicked, the wicked electing the wicked. It is about time that our people of faith become involved in the political arena. We need to send a clear message, not just to the city council members, but to every politician that violates our Judeo-Christian heritage: we will primary you, we will get you out of office. Only that way will we see righteousness prevail and make America again that shining city on the hill to the glory of God.

 

 

 

Tony Perkins Links Gays To Violent Persecution In Iran, North Korea

On yesterday's “Washington Watch” program, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins took a call from a listener, Hector, who urged conservative Christians to protest “abortionists,” “homosexual organizations” and the “Muslim-in-chief” for allegedly being under the control of Satan and persecuting Christians.

Perkins, who has previously called gay rights advocates pawns of Satan, agreed with Hector’s claim that conservatives like themselves are engaged in a spiritual war against demonic forces. He then added that President Obama is permitting the violent persecution of Christians outside of the U.S. in places like Iran and North Korea because his domestic social policies show “hostility” to religion.

Rather than cite any specific examples, Perkins brought up the mayor of Atlanta’s decision to terminate the city’s fire chief after he violated employment policies by distributing to coworkers his self-published book that included condemnations of homosexuality. Perkins told Hector that such actions ultimately contribute to violence against Christians.

“Tyrants abroad see an administration that is not only not interested in protecting religious freedom but actually persecuting, like we saw with the mayor there in Atlanta firing the fire chief because he believes in biblical morality and dares speak about it,” he said. “And if you and I tolerate that religious intolerance from the secular left, the rabid secular left, then Christians are going to die abroad.”

Caller: Since this Muslim-in-chief president’s got in office you’ve had a wave of wickedness just open up across our country and other nations, if you hadn’t noticed. It’s demonic, it’s a demonic undertone and overtone with this homosexuality, this abortionist, everybody seems to have a free pass to lawlessness since this president has got into office.

Now, the cure for this — I’ve cast out demons, I’ve been attacked physically myself, long story short, I wasn’t afraid, I kicked them in the rear, I got them off, they tried to choke them out and smother me because I was getting into the rear-end of Satan with my foot and he had to back me up and I’ve backed them up in the name of Jesus — but anyway, the thing is, more Christians have to line up in unity and start standing in front of D.C., getting around this abortionist and where these homosexual organizations around and start binding demons and demonic forces and wickedness and casting out demons in the name of Jesus Christ and then you’re going to get somewhere. All of this talk and going on with meetings, Satan is in these big Christian meetings.

Perkins: Take a breath, Hector. I think we have to realize that as I often quote from Ephesians 6 that we wrestle not with flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of darkness and spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places, so we are in a spiritual battle. They often manifest itself in various realms. We’ve got to be present. The light that is in our lives through Christ Jesus, the truth, causes the darkness to scatter so we have to engage, and I think that is what you are saying, we’ve got to engage, we’ve got to vote, we’ve got to be involved, we’ve got to speak, we’ve got to help, we’ve got to work, we’ve got to minister, we’ve got to do all of those things, everything, not one aspect of the Christian life is going to do it, it has got to be all inclusive.

I do want to comment on something you said and that was under this administration, you’ve talked about the religious persecution and how that was spreading and in fact it is. Because of America’s indifference toward religious freedom, we’re seeing persecution advance globally at a significant level. Tomorrow on this program I’m going to be joined by David Curry who is with Open Doors, he will be tomorrow at the National Press Club, they will be unveiling the 2014 rankings of the fifty countries that are engaged in persecution of Christians. I met with him earlier today so he is going to come on tomorrow and they are going to release this tomorrow listing the top fifty countries where Christians are persecuted. I have said this all along and I will say it again, I believe the reason we are seeing this increase in global persecution of Christians and other religious minorities is because of the indifference to religion here at home and actual growing hostility at the hands of our own government.

Tyrants abroad see an administration that is not only not interested in protecting religious freedom but actually persecuting, like we saw with the mayor there in Atlanta firing the fire chief because he believes in biblical morality and dares speak about it. That’s what we’re talking about. And if you and I tolerate that religious intolerance from the secular left, the rabid secular left, then Christians are going to die abroad. End of story. That’s going to happen because they will see these tyrants, in North Korea, Iran, will see that, hey, Americans don’t care about religious freedom, look at what they’re doing to their own people.

Mat Staver: GOP Should Shut Down The Government Over 'Genderbread Person'

Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver and Matt Barber were absolutely beside themselves on today's "Faith and Freedom" radio broadcast over the fact that Planned Parenthood staff had reportedly used "Genderbread Person" diagrams during a sex ed class at a California high school last month.

The diagram, which is designed to teach the differences between biological sex, sexual attraction, gender identity, and gender expression, had Staver and Barber fuming, with Staver repeatedly calling it "insane," "nuts," and "absurd" while Barber decried it as "wicked sexual anarchist psychobabble."

"You can think you're a ham sandwich," Barber said, "but it doesn't make you a ham sandwich."

Staver was so outraged by this diagram, in fact, that is he calling on Republicans to shut down the government, if necessary, in order to cut off all federal funding to Planned Parenthood.

"What they're trying to do is harm young people," Staver said. "They're trying to harm a generation. We ought to be outraged at this. This underscores why Planned Parenthood should receive no dollars from any government. We now have a majority Republican Senate and a majority Republican House ... That majority must defund Planned Parenthood. There is no reason, and if the government has to shut down, let the government shut down."

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